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A.Word.A.Day--ambit

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ambit (AM-bit) noun

1. Circumference, boundary, or circuit.

2. Scope, range, or limit.

[From Latin ambitus (going around), from ambire (to go around).]

Here are a few cousins of today's word: ambition, ambiance, ambient.

"It was an elective office, but it was a legal office, and it had a wide ambit in social and economic issues." James Traub, The Attorney General Goes to War, The New York Times Magazine, Jun 16, 2002.

"Conducted in a large gymnasium or the great outdoors instead of within the narrow ambit of ultrasound detectors and other sensors, virtual reality could become an ideal training tool for sports, firefighting, or military maneuvers, Foxlin predicts." David Brittan, Knowing Where Your Head is At, Technology Review (Cambridge, Massachusetts), Feb 12, 1995.

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